May 14, 2011

Glashutte Original Sport Evolution Panorama Date Review

Glashutte Original Sport Evolution Watch Review

  Glashutte Original is a very well respected German watch company. Sometimes simply referred to as “GO”, short for Glashutte Original. While this is far from one their most complicated watches, W&R is a sucker for a clean sport/dress designed watch. The Sport Evolution Panorama Date is just that type of watch. Unlike many sport/dress watches the Glashutte Original has an added bit of class about the watch. 
  There is an unmistakable, beautiful “Panorama” date window. The date complication is unique, Glashutte Original uses a dual disc to display the date to ensure proper date change at midnight. A tiered dial, with the applied indices are set lower on the outer rim of the dial, giving the dial added visual depth. Red is used throughout the Sport Evolution to accent the watch. Blocky hour and minute hands are not typical styled hands. What is nice about the the use of these hands is how they mirror the hour markers. The unidirectional bezel has the standard dive watch layout. It is a 60 click bezel, but for a watch pushing 9K, a 120 click bezel would seem to be more appropriate. A comfortable red stitched sailcloth strap keeps the watch more sporty, the Sport Evolution is also offered on a bracelet. 

  Glashutte Original is known for their highly decorated movements, the caliber 39-42 can be admired through the skeleton case back for this very reason. The rotor is also skeletonized, using 21 ct. gold, and the double “G” logo. The swan neck is a regulating mechanism to adjust the rate of the watch and is clearly visible on this 44 jewel movement at the 6 o’clock position pictured above. When so many movements are hidden, it is nice to see what your hard earned money paid for.
  What do you get with the Sport Evolution Panorama Date? You get an incredibly well finished timepiece, timeless design, cross over sport/dress, unique date feature, and a highly finished movement. Worth looking into a GO if you have not had an opportunity to see one in person. Hard not to like...

Pros - Versatile, fit/finish, movement

Consideration - If you are truly wanting to use this as dive watch, the only lumed indices are at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Bezel: Unidirectional
Strap: Sailcloth
Movement: Caliber 39-42
Power Reserve: 40 hrs
Water Resistant: 200M
Lug Width: 20mm

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